Vertical H/drives

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Johnc
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Hi.
I run a P4 1Gig ram two HD machine. XP SP2 Home is loaded, it is fully antivirus, firewall, adware/spyware protected.
The two HD's are SATA Maxtors, one boot and one video.
I have had multiple error messages (like a pack of cards) in the past and the occasional screen freeze. There is no logic whatsoever that I can see, nor to my vastly more knowlegeable colleague.
Anyway, the boot drive has been wiped twice and XP reloaded. I have my fingers and all else crossed.
This is my question, not my colleagues (to save him any possible embarassment). I'm sorry if its a daft question.
The HD's I've seen in other machines are fitted horizontally. In my machine the HD's are fitted vertically.
As said, my HD's are SATA Maxtors. Is it possible that the vertical fitting could be causing the machine to misread XP? There are never any error messages with other programmes.
The machine was professionally built, not built by me (that would no doubt make everything suspect!).

Thanks for any help, even if it is laughter!

Mark M
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It doesn't matter which orientation your hard drives are in, horizontal or vertical.
However I have heard it said that once your drive has been well used in one plane or the other it should stay that way. Fact or folklore, I know not which.

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Alan Craven
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One thing that could be affected by HDD orientation is ventilation. If this is not as it should be, you can get these kinds of random errors.

Another possible cause is an inadequate power supply.

Michael.Bradshaw
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what type of error messages are you getting. I second the opinion that orientation has no effect on operation.
Can you look up the event viewer in control panel > administrative tools and see what it says.

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caryjoy
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John, over time power supplies do lose their efficiency & in some cases lose their voltage outputs. You may have this problem & unfortunately you have to fit a new power supply before you can rule this out. Power supplies are not expensive & at least it eliminates a potential cause.

PETERH
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If its any help, I fitted 2 extra drives to the wifes comp, crashes & drives not being recognised, wouldn`t start everytime, long story short, new power supply fitted, everything is perfect, stripped down old supply, as we say round her "You could have grown taties in the muck"

BTW been using vertical drives in My edit comp for years, no problems(pushing His luck)

Peter

JerryLE
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Mark M wrote:
It doesn't matter which orientation your hard drives are in, horizontal or vertical.
However I have heard it said that once your drive has been well used in one plane or the other it should stay that way. Fact or folklore, I know not which.

Bearings do settle in to a 'grove' (so to speak) and can cause problems after being disturbed, thus I suspect that there is an element of truth but only for well used drives.

Gavin Gration
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Slightly off topic but.....

The machine I'm using to write this will only work when laid flat on it's side.

If I stand it up it'll shut down within an hour and refuse to restart unless I lie it down again.

I can't find anything loose and have swapped the MB and PSU.

Maybe it's got used to chilling out :D

PL
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If you suspect your power supply you could use one of these testers to check your voltages.

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PETERH
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Damn
I knew I`d forgotten something when I went to C.C.L.(senior moment/decade)
Thanks for the reminder.

Peter.

Johnc
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Thanks for the responses.
I'll check out the suggestions, particularly the power supply.
Again, thanks.

JerryLE
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Johnc wrote:
Thanks for the responses.
I'll check out the suggestions, particularly the power supply.
Again, thanks.

Yes, I once had a PS go down that caused random crashes, freezes and the odd re-boot. Also don't forget that certain memory issues can cause similar problems.

Johnc
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It occurred to me (in truth I've been reading web pages) that I could possibly try a programme such as Registry Mechanic to sort out problems and get rid of error messages. It appears (and remenber this is an unknowledgeable person talking!) that error messages can be generated by registry problems?
What do you boffins think?
Again, thanks for any responses.

JerryLE
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Johnc wrote:
It occurred to me (in truth I've been reading web pages) that I could possibly try a programme such as Registry Mechanic to sort out problems and get rid of error messages. It appears (and remenber this is an unknowledgeable person talking!) that error messages can be generated by registry problems?
What do you boffins think?
Again, thanks for any responses.

If you go down that route remember to back up your existing registry (if not your entire Windows file system), it's so easy to compound the original issue with other problems attempting to sort out the original problem... :eek:

Personally I would see if your HDD manufacture do any test software, the same for memory, also (if you don't already have any CPU temperature monitoring software) Google for "intel temp monitor TAT.zip", it should be somewhere on the Intel site before rummaging about in the registry.

Johnc
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OK, understood and thanks.